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Using ground and air to generate energy

Unlike common air-conditioning units, heat pumps allow both the heating and cooling of air and the circulation of it around one’s home to ensure that a comfortable temperature is achieved at all times. However, there is more than one type of heat pump that should be considered when considering this option.

Firstly, a ground-source heat pump extracts heat from the ground or other external sources. Using this method, you are taking advantage of the temperatures in the ground, as well as increasing efficiency and reducing the overall cost of your system. Professional installation of such a product is highly recommended as the pipes are buried below the grounds of the garden or surrounding area to the house.
A mixture of water and antifreeze is used to circulate, which means that it can be used even in the winter months. As well as reducing your carbon footprint and costs, a ground-source heat pump requires little maintenance. The only drawback of this method is that suitable area around your home is needed to dig trenches for installation.

Another way to do this would be to use an air-source pump, which uses the air from outside to maintain a heat level. An air-sourced pump works by condensing and evaporating the air to create a hot gas or cool liquid depending on the temperature sought. Again, this system has reduced costs compared to a standard resistance heater and needs minimal maintenance (although the pump must be kept clear from falling leaves and debris). The cost of installation is lower than the ground source pump although the air-based pump may create noise and can be somewhat unsightly if not hidden conveniently.

Both of the above methods allow heat to be generated at greater efficiency and reduced costs throughout all seasons and contain many benefits when compared to a standard heating or cooling system.

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